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Enjoy a sailing holiday on Sardinia's Costa Smerelda, "the Emerald Coast", famous for its white sandy beaches, crystal clear water and jet set lifestyle.

Start your yacht charter in Sardinia from Marina di Portisco on the chic Costa Smeralda, "the Emerald Coast", an area buzzing with designer shopping, piazzas and stunning views

Sail north into the La Maddelena National Park, a marine park scattered with islands and sandy beaches, including the famous pink beach "spiaggia rosa" on Budelli. The seven main islands offer peaceful anchorages, although there is a small overnighting charge for the mooring buoys provided by the park authority. Visit the delightful harbour at La Maddelana, a fishing village with harbourside restaurants, although in peak season the small harbour is very crowded.

Combine the flavours of Italy and France on this sailing holiday. Bonifacio on the French island of Corsica is within easy reach and the dramatic entrance through the narrow opening in the cliff, the “Bocche di Bonifacio”, is not be missed.

Sardinia Yacht Charter

  • Overview
    Sailing Sardinia

    Isola Giardinelli, La Maddalena National Park


    Marina di Portisco






    Cabrera Island, La Maddalena National Park

    Sailing holidays in Sardinia

    • Easyjet flights to Olbia from Gatwick, Luton and Bristol
    • Sail through the stunning, clear waters of La Maddalena National Park
    • Average distances of 19nm/day
    • Level 2 sailing
    • Average summer temperatures of 26-30 degrees
    • Can be affected by the stronger Mistral winds in August
    • Take the opportunity to visit Corsica
    • Fantastic diving and snorkelling
    • A mixture of anchorages and harbour moorings in this area
    • Flexible start and finish dates possible
  • 1 Wk Itinerary

    Suggested 1 week sailing itinerary from Portisco

    DAY 1 : Portisco

    Portisco lies on the jet set Costa Smeralda ("Emerald Coast"), an area buzzing with designer shopping, piazzas and stunning views.

    Day 2 : Cannigione (15nm)

    A sheltered harbour with good seafood restaurants. If you keep going along the Caprera coast, the very deep bay of Porto Palma offers the best sheltered free mooring in the area. Here you can safely stay the night whatever the wind.

    DAY 3 : La Maddelena (6nm)

    Visit a couple of small bays in S.Stefano and on the mainland, then sail to La Maddalena harbour on the main island of the Archipelago. La Maddelena is a traditional fishing harbour, picturesque and bustling, but sometimes in peak season the small harbour is very crowded, so you may have to overnight in Palau on the mainland.

    DAY 4 : Lavezzi (15nm)

    A marine park with fabulous snorkelling and diving.

    DAY 5 : Bonifacio (21nm)

    Bonifacio is on the south coast of Corsica. A dramatic entrance through the cliffs opens into a beautiful bay with anchorages and moorings on the town quay.

    DAY 6 : Porto Massimo (16nm)

    A small harbour on the north eastern coast of La Maddelena.

    DAY 7 : Portisco (18nm)

    Sardinia 1 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • Sailing Journal

    Our experience

    Cyclades 43.4, 1 week in September 2018 from Portisco, Sardinia

    Supplied by Laura La Roche, Nautilus Yachting

    Day 1

    Day 1 - Marina di Portisco to La Maddalena Port (16nm)

    We were met by our skipper Davide and then headed to the office for the first morning briefing given by Sergio, provisioned our yacht and headed for La Maddalena National Park. Having purchased our park permit at check-in we had no need to pay further mooring fees. We sailed to the island of Caprera and Cala Portese, via the famous Porto Cervo, and were looking forward to the first of many swim stops. Following a lovely lunch on anchor we sailed south around the bottom of Caprera and up to the island of La Maddalena where we moored for the night in the towns small port. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from and we managed to make a reservation at one of the best!
    Day 2

    Day 2 - La Maddalena to Budelli Island via Santa Maria (10nm)

    We had light winds today so we took advantage of the long swim stops and visited some stunning anchorages including Cala Corsara and Cala Conneri on Spargi Island. Budelli Island is famous for its pink beaches (although not so pink from a distance), they have become so famous that you can no longer walk along them! Once at Budelli Island we found a mooring buoy and settled in for a peaceful night.
    Day 3

    Day 3 - Budelli to Bonifacio (17nm)

    The highlight of my week! We sailed to Bonifacio via a gorgeous island called Cavallo off the south coast of Corsica. We had a cracking 9nm sail north, close haul and in just over an hour we arrived. After a short stop with very careful navigation we made our way to the famous Bonifacio hugging the stunning coastline you soon see the city perched on the cliff top! With a very dramatic entrance to the port we headed into the inlet to find ourselves a mooring, which was chaos, but skipper Davide soon had us tied up to the quay and we ventured into the city to explore all the wonders it had to offer.
    Day 4

    Day 4 - Bonifacio to Porto Pozzo (15nm)

    We set sail from Bonifacio at around 1pm after a spot of shopping and breakfast in the walled citadel. On a broad reach we sailed to Lavezzi for yet another swim in the natural swimming pools so commonly found in Sardinia. Davide negotiated the rocks and yachts to get us in pole position, as close to the beach as possible! We hoisted the anchor late afternoon and headed to Porto Pozzo, a well protected bay nestled in the north of Sardinia. At the end of the jetty was a fantastic restaurant called Sintonia which offered a varied menu and cocktails. We moored for free as we ate the restaurant.
    Day 5

    Day 5 - Porto Pozzo to Cannigione (14nm)

    We had a late breakfast at Porto Pozzo and from there we sailed to the island of Budelli and the Cavaliere Beach for some swimming, paddle boarding and snorkeling. For our penultimate night on-board S/Y Gabriella we anchored in the bay of Cannigione and watched the storm brewing in the distance. We had a relaxing evening with pasta and some fine Italian wine.
    Day 6

    Day 6 - Cannigione to Portisco (19nm)

    We arose early and ventured ashore in the dinghy for fresh bread. Once we returned we re-fueled at Cannigione and headed to Porto Cervo for breakfast and to watch the Rolex Regatta J-Class racing! We had a fantastic sail from Porto Cervo, goose winging south back to Marina di Portisco. Finally, finishing our amazing week at a fantastic restaurant called “Cubone” just a 5 minute walk from the marina.
  • Sailing Conditions

    Sailing conditions in Sardinia

    Sardinia enjoys typical Mediterranean weather, which makes the conditions ideal for a sailing holiday from May through to October. Winds from the north-north-west average Force 4. Stronger mistral winds can blow in August, lasting 1-2 days. Summer temperatures average 26-30ºC.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 2' (levels info) and you will need RYA Day Skipper or ICC qualification for bareboat charters in Sardinia.

    You can see all of the bases we offer in Italy along with the level ratings here so that you can find the most suitable destination for you. If you are at all unsure about a destination then please get in touch and our sales team will be more than happy to make their recommendations for you.

  • Getting There

    Getting There

    Flights to Olbia

    Bonded for your financial protection under ATOL 3016EasyJet operate flights from Gatwick, Luton and Bristol to Olbia.

    Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights. If you would prefer a flight-inclusive holiday then Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016.


    The transfer time to Portisco marina is approximately 20 minutes. We can often arrange transfers in advance with the base and costs vary depending on time of day and number of guests. Please speak to one of our helpful sales team who can advise you on current transfer information.

"Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed last weeks sailing around the Stockholm archipelago. The boat was by far the best we have ever chartered. As a cruising area it's definitely on the return list !!"

Stockholm 2015 - A & H.R

Sardinia Yacht Charter prices

From Portisco Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2022 EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 3% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details Until 28 May
After 24 Sep
28 May - 18 Jun
03 - 24 Sep
18 Jun - 09 Jul
20 Aug - 03 Sep
09 - 30 Jul 30 Jul - 20 Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC


From Portisco Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2022 EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 3% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details Until 28 May
After 24 Sep
28 May - 18 Jun
03 - 24 Sep
18 Jun - 09 Jul
20 Aug - 03 Sep
09 - 30 Jul 30 Jul - 20 Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC


From Portisco Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2022 EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 3% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details Until 28 May
After 24 Sep
28 May - 18 Jun
03 - 24 Sep
18 Jun - 09 Jul
20 Aug - 03 Sep
09 - 30 Jul 30 Jul - 20 Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC


Fleet 1 from Portisco

INCLUDED - FREE outboard on yachts 50'+

Extras payable on embarkation:


Refundable deposit €2000 - €3000. Non refundable deposit on request.
Service pack €185 for 2-3 cabin yachts, €210 for 4 cabin yachts, €220 for 5 cabin yachts, €250 for Catamarans (includes end cleaning, bedding & towels).
Fuel used (fill up on return)
Optional extras (i.e Outboard, SUP's etc) available on request.
SKIPPER: €1295/week + food and drink + own cabin

Fleet 2 from Portisco

Extras payable on embarkation:


Refundable deposit €3000-€5000
End cleaning €120 up to 40', €140 for 41-45', €170 from 46-50 ',€200 for 51'+ & catamarans.
Bedlinen & towels €20/person
La Maddalena Park Permit €60-80/week
Fuel used (fill up on return)
Optional extras (i.e Outboard, SUP's etc) available on request.

SKIPPER: From €1050/week + food and drink + own cabin

Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.